When people have severe dental issues, they often think that having their teeth removed will solve all their problems. That is simply not true. There can be serious consequences to not only your oral health, but to your overall health as well. A lot of dentists don’t take the time to educate patients regarding these issues, because in most cases it will be many years down the road before the effects of tooth loss become obvious and debilitating.
Once your teeth are removed, there are a number of functional and aesthetic oral problems – and the structure of your face and jaw will be compromised. When there are no tooth roots, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate over time. The condition is called facial collapse and what happens is your body begins the process of absorbing the minerals in your jawbone and deposits them in other areas. When a person has facial collapse it can:
- Make your face appear to be sunken in
- Cause you to look much older than you really are
- Make dentures no longer fit because there is no substantial ridge for it rest on
Can Facial Collapse be Prevented or Repaired?
If you have the misfortune of losing all your teeth, your best defense against facial collapse is to get dental implants. The implant roots are surgically placed in the jawbone and the body continues to keep the minerals in place, making the bone healthy and strong.
If you already have facial collapse, we can help you regain your confidence to smile again. Dr. Hylan has advanced training in bone grafting techniques and can rebuild your jawbone so that implants can be placed.
Wondering whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants or bone grafting but not sure you’re ready for an exam? Come see us for a complimentary consultation where you can ask any questions you may have. Call us at our office or request an appointment online.